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The part of a picture, scene, or design that forms a setting for the main figures or objects
“The old mansion stands against a background of hills, forests and patches of fog on the outskirts of the small town.”
A person's social circumstances
“Her working-class background had infused in her a sense of perseverance and resilience.”
A person's education and experience
“His background is in the field of graphic design.”
The circumstances or situation prevailing at a particular time or underlying a particular event
“A background of discontent has facilitated the rise of the militant movement.”
The furthest visible point from where one is located
“Rolling hills could be seen in the background as we drove by.”
A less conspicuous position
“A scribe lurked unobtrusively in the background, taking notes in an indecipherable shorthand.”
Relating to the given situation or location but of minor importance
“It's a large restaurant so there's plenty of background noise from people talking.”
Relating to information about past events
“Let me first brief you on some background information about the site before we proceed.”
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